Things to Do in Indy - February 2015

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Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for February, including the Boat Sport & Travel Show, Art & Soul and the Indiana Home & Garden Show.

Landscaping tips for small yards

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Landscaping a small space is easy with the proper know-how. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen K. of Chicago)

Do you live in an apartment or home with a small yard? Learn how to landscape a small space, how much plants cost and how to care for those plants.

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

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Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

New Year, New You: 15 Ideas for 2015

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Follow these 15 tips to be a better you in 2015! (Illustration by Leslie McFarland)
Follow these 15 tips to be a better you in 2015! (Illustration by Leslie McFarland)

Struggling to come up with a New Year’s Resolution you won’t abandon? Skip the diet, and resolve to be a better you. Check out our 15 ways to do so in 2015.

Tree Service

Timber! How to Tell if Your Tree is About to Fall

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Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

How can you tell if Mother Nature is about to take down one of your trees? Learn the signs that indicate a tree is in decline and may succumb to the next storm.

How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Chicago

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Chicago residents can recycle this year's Christmas trees at any of 23 recycling locations set up across the city. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Chicago residents can recycle this year's Christmas trees at any of 23 recycling locations set up across the city. (Photo by Steven Jack)

The city of Chicago in conjunction with the Park District have set up 23 Christmas tree recycling centers around the city for drop off from Jan. 3 to 17.

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

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Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

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Greenhouses

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

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Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

Holiday Wreaths Honor Those Buried at Arlington Cemetery

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An Air Force airman helps lay Christmas wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)
An Air Force airman helps lay Christmas wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)

Wreaths Across America donates holiday wreaths to veterans cemeteries nationwide. Their goal is to have one placed on each grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

Keep Your Fresh-Cut Tree Looking Great Throughout the Holiday

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Fraser firs are the most common type of Christmas tree sold in Charlotte.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Fraser firs are the most common type of Christmas tree sold in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Tips for keeping your Fraser fir tree green until Christmas Day from the owner of Mountain Greens Inc. of Charlotte include the right stand and water.

Christmas Tree Sales Help Injured Firefighters

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Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

One D.C. restaurant has turned its outdoor dining area into a holiday Christmas tree lot with all proceeds going to help firefighters injured on the job.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

No. 1 way to get along with your contractor

Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

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Lawn Service

Things to Do in Indy - March 2015

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Indianapolis has hosted the Indiana Flower & Patio Show since 1958. (Photo courtesy of BPS Marketing)

Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for March, including the Indiana Flower & Patio Show, Film to Fork and St. Patrick's Day events.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

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The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

The recent cold snap may have you feeling like Washington skipped a season, but it’s still fall as evidenced by the rollout of D.C.'s leaf removal program.

Fall foliage in the capital region can be beautiful in late October and early November, but those same leaves can prove hazardous if left to collect on streets and sidewalks.

It creates a slippery mess for pedestrians and puts a strain on the city's storm drains.

Year Round Landscaping: 6 Ways Evergreens Spruce Up Your Yard

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This line of arborvitae — dense, narrow evergreen shrubs or small trees — provides a little privacy for the homeowners and their neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Mary C. of Sylvan Lake, Michigan)

Adding evergreen plants to your landscape can improve your home's privacy, energy efficiency and visual appeal. See how to capture these year-round beauties in your space.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

No. 1 way to get along with your contractor

Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

Water, Winter Can Be Costly Combination

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Experts recommend homeowners leave a faucet dripping inside on nights when the temperatures could cause pipes to freeze. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Winter weather can be a bad mix with water. Utilities, experts recommend special care for pipes, plumbing and irrigation systems as cooler temperatures arrive.

To Fully Winterize, Look Outside the House

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You'll probably enjoy the season more if you know you've winterized inside and outside your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Fred C. of Bloomington, Indiana)

To winterize: Seal windows, have your furnace checked and gutters cleared. But don't forget to also look outside your home when preparing for the cold.

4 Steps to Prep Your Sprinklers for Winter

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Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)
Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)

Winter and freezing temperatures are a major threat to your irrigation system. A few simple steps ahead of time will save you from costly repairs in the spring.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

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Paving Contractor

Build Backyard Bliss with Pavers

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Pavers can be used to create beautiful outdoor living areas that serve multiple functions. (Photo by Go Pavers)
Pavers can be used to create beautiful outdoor living areas that serve multiple functions. (Photo by Go Pavers)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Cindy Lopez of Go Pavers about how to incorporate paving stones into your home's landscape.

Install the Perfect Paver Patio

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It's important a paver patio slopes away from your home to avoid water draining toward your foundation. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Consider these 5 tips from a hardscaping expert if you plan to put in a new paver patio. Find a quality contractor who follows all of these recommendations.

Why Choose Pavers Over Stamped Concrete?

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Pavers come in a variety of textures and colors.  (Photo by Go Pavers)
Pavers come in a variety of textures and colors. (Photo by Go Pavers)

Trying to decide between pavers and stamped concrete for your patio or driveway? Learn more about durability, earthquake resistance and other key issues.

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Lawn Treatment

Things to Do in Indy - March 2015

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Indianapolis has hosted the Indiana Flower & Patio Show since 1958. (Photo courtesy of BPS Marketing)

Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for March, including the Indiana Flower & Patio Show, Film to Fork and St. Patrick's Day events.

Scratch Thatch: Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

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Aeration and seeding can give your lawn a new lease on life, says Hudnall. (Photo courtesy of Aerating Thatching Co.)
Aeration and seeding can give your lawn a new lease on life, says Hudnall. (Photo courtesy of Aerating Thatching Co.)

In the fall, proper lawn aeration can go a long way toward dealing with thatch and improving the health of your grass by promoting drainage and new growth.

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Reveals Weed Problem in Latest Campaign Ad

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)

Dandelions and other unsightly weeds are ruining the appearance of the Illinois governor's Chicago lawn. We've got grass tips he can use get it under control.

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Landscape Lighting

Where to Find Holiday Lights, Parades in Charlotte Area

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Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)
Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)

Charlotte's best Christmas lights, holiday parades and tree-lighting ceremonies? Mark your calendar: Here's our 2014 guide to holiday displays in Charlotte.

Solutions to 3 Top Outdoor Lighting Problems

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Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)
Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor lights working properly. Waterproof connectors are an important component of a landscape lighting system.

Outdoor Lighting: Art vs. Material

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Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)
Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)

Hiring a professional to install outdoor lighting is a smart choice and worth the cost. Learn how to get the most value out of your landscape lighting project.

LEDs Win Nobel Prize, Gain Fans at Home

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Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)
Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)

Huntersville lighting store owner says replacing incandescent bulbs with LED saves energy, increases light.

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Lawn Mower Repair

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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Leaf Removal Service

Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

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The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

The recent cold snap may have you feeling like Washington skipped a season, but it’s still fall as evidenced by the rollout of D.C.'s leaf removal program.

Fall foliage in the capital region can be beautiful in late October and early November, but those same leaves can prove hazardous if left to collect on streets and sidewalks.

It creates a slippery mess for pedestrians and puts a strain on the city's storm drains.

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

10 Steps to Prepare Your Landscape for Fresh Mulch

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You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)

Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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